Dominic attended UWCSEA Dover between 1996-2003. Dominic started diving with his family around the islands of Pulau Aur and Pulau Tioman off the east coast of the Malaysian Peninsula. A trip to the Maldives in 1997 first spurred his interest in marine biology, but after seeing first hand the impacts of overfishing, dynamite fishing, marine debris, and other human impacts within South East Asia, he knew that he wanted the conservation of marine environments to be his research focus. Dominic graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Aquaculture from James Cook University in Townsville and a Masters of Philosophy in Marine Conservation from the University of Tasmania.
Dominic joined the Catlin Seaview Survey team in 2013 as a volunteer diver on an expedition to the Caribbean. In 2014, he was awarded a PhD scholarship by Catlin and UQ. Over the next three years, he will focus on looking at how coral reefs are affected by human disturbances. He will also join the field expeditions as a member of the shallow reef team surveying the Coral Triangle in the Indo-Pacific region.